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Puzzle over missing Mayalsia Airlines Flight MH370 could lead to out-of-court settlements

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 3:49pm IST | Agency: ANI

Malaysian Airlines could be forced into out-of-court settlements with angry next-of-kin, as there is no evidence what caused flight MH370's disappearance, aviation law experts have said.

More than two months since MH370 disappeared, no wreckage has been found to even confirm a crash.

According to news24, but relatives of the 239 people on board can seek settlement from Malaysia Airlines because under international aviation law it is an airline's responsibility to prove it was not to blame for an accident.

Jeremy Joseph, a Malaysian attorney specialising in transport law, said the burden of proof rests on Malaysia Airlines to clear its name.

Under International Civil Aviation Organisation rules, next-of-kin in an air crash are entitled to an automatic minimum of about 175 000 dollars per passenger, regardless of fault, payable by an airline's insurance company, the report added. 

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